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[ri-pyoot] /rɪˈpyut/
estimation in the view of others; reputation:
persons of good repute.
favorable reputation; good name; public respect.
verb (used with object), reputed, reputing.
to consider or believe (a person or thing) to be as specified; regard (usually used in the passive):
He was reputed to be a millionaire.
Origin of repute
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English reputen (v.) < Middle French reputer < Latin reputāre to compute, consider, equivalent to re- re- + putāre to think
2. distinction, honor. See credit. 3. hold, deem, reckon.
2. dishonor. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for repute
  • Only tourists cling to the coast, along with pirates and conquerors and other sailors of blemished repute.
  • His heated phrases on interpretation and emptiness struck their intellects, not their repute.
  • There are seven of them, with a large entry list in each, embracing many horses of repute.
  • But surely nothing can match the ill repute of free radicals.
  • Cathy rebels against this cloistered existence and runs off to work in a house of ill repute.
  • Also featured are reconstructions of historic houses of ill repute.
  • The price paid was a little less for the better piece, in proportion to the owner's repute rather than to the quality of the art.
  • Apparently there is nothing of repute to publish today.
  • Ghosts who roam the former house of ill repute are a popular topic of conversation here.
  • They can still act selflessly, and they still know what they would need to do in order to garner good repute.
British Dictionary definitions for repute


(transitive; usually passive) to consider (a person or thing) to be as specified: he is reputed to be intelligent
public estimation; reputation: a writer of little repute
Word Origin
C15: from Old French reputer, from Latin reputāre to think over, from re- + putāre to think
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Word Origin and History for repute

late 14c., from Middle French reputer (late 13c.) or directly from Latin reputare "to count over, reckon; think over" (see reputation). Related: Reputed; reputing.


1550s, from repute (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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